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Monday, 11 August 2014

HealGel Eye | Review

I'm always on the look out for a good eye serum, I tend to suffer from big mad bags that make me look permanently wrecked and so I will generally try anything to sort them out. Before you say it, I know; good nutrition, plenty of water and a decent night's sleep are the business and an auld tube of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (review HERE) doesn't go astray either but you know life doesn't always go as planned so it's nice to give a helping hand where possible. I think eye creams are a murky area in the world of skincare in general, it's so hard to find the right texture for you and the product that targets your specific issues- darkness, puffiness, fine lines etc. For me I want something to make me look a bit less like a Walking Dead extra with some anti-ageing properties too. Step in HealGel Eye. I had heard a bit of the hype surrounding this brand and was keen to give them a go. Here's their schtick, from their website (HERE):

HealGel was created by a team of leading British plastic and cosmetic surgeons with the help of a renowned dermatological biochemist and a well known actor. They wanted to create products that helped them with their work, and to be able to provide the reassurance of genuinely effective skin care. 

So there you go. The company makes a few variations of the HealGel product, including; HealGel face, HealGel body and HealGel Intensive. All are an aqueous gel, containing the "best active ingredients to soothe, repair and protect your skin".

My primary concern is obviously my under eye area so I said I'd try Healgel Eye, which is "an advanced corrective, anti-ageing formula to condition and lift the delicate eye area". I am again just going to quote directly from their website here so you get a better idea of what it's supposed to do, otherwise we'd be here all day with me trying to translate their medical jargon:

The formula can help to diminish the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. Refreshing and lightweight it provides a perfect base for make-up or a pick-me-up for tired eyes so that you can look well-rested even if you’re not. 
Like HealGel Intensive, HealGel Eye contains Arnica and Madecassoside which are suspended in liposomes with powerful peptides and biodynes to initiate a uniquely soothing and collagen boosting process. Sluggish micro-circulation is stimulated and irritation is soothed.  
In addition, HealGel Eye contains a duel action hyaluronic acid complex that locks moisture deeper into the skin and firms the eye contours. The effect is to soften the appearance of fine lines, even skin tone and improve the elasticity of the skin through intense hydration. Light diffusers in the gel further improves sallow areas for a brightening and smoothing effect. 
Well that all sounds super fancy and high tech but I guess the real question is, does it work? 
Personally, I definitely noticed a difference. It was a subtle difference to start with but the darkness of the bags seemed lessened and my eyes were for sure less puffy in the mornings. Overall my skin there felt a bit softer and I'd like to think I looked less like a haggard old crone (I should probably have asked himself for an opinion on this one). I don't really have fine lines or wrinkles as of yet (praise Jebus) but I like to think I'm doing a bit of preventative work here.

It provides a lovely base for applying make up (I use it both am and pm also) and feels so light on the skin- because it's a gel it sinks in really quickly and never feels sticky or like I'm weighing down what is a very delicate area of skin. Unfortunately, I have of late misplaced my bottle so my unseemly eye bags have come back with a bit of a vengeance and I'm also not sleeping very well, which doesn't help either.

I'm not saying that this is a miracle product or that you have to rush out and try it but I've tried a lot of eye creams in my time, from; Chanel, Dior, Garnier, Clinique, Benefit, Nuxe, the list goes on and I honestly think this has had the best results of all. To go back to my original point of nutrition, water and sleep being important, really they're vital and something like this should more be used as an adjuvant for them, rather than the other way around but for me, I'll always continue to use an eye cream/serum (especially after hitting the big 3-0) and this is my current go-to product (if I can ever find it again).

I honestly can't remember what site I bought this from but I remember I picked it up on sale so it might be worth checking out the likes of Look Fantastic, who often do good discounts, otherwise you're looking at about €40 at full price, which I know seems crazy but is about average when you look at other high end eye creams. It's also worth noting that you only use a tiny amount each time, I've had mine for a good 4 months now and have only made a small dent.

Have you tried anything from the HealGel brand? 
Do you use an eye cream, if so what have you found to be the best?


  1. This sounds amazing! Will have to keep an eye out for a lookfantastic discount code!

    1. Yeah now I think of it I'm sure it was a look fantastic offer alright, they often have good deals for those more pricey brands! :)

  2. As I don't suffer too much with darkness under my eyes, I'm not sure how much value I'd get out of this, but always looking for new skincare brands, must keep an eye out for their other stuff!!

    1. Ah sure there's no worries so, just regular moisturiser would be grand I'd say! :)

  3. I've never been a big one for eye creams. I do try them occasionally and don't see any difference so just go back to using my facial moisturiser. Concealer is my friend!

    1. Ah I used to think that til I started using this fella! Trying to be proactive now but I agree, concealer is the business!